They say it’s a dog’s life and when you see how easy they have it, the meaning behind the phrase makes a lot more sense. Do you ever get jealous of your pet being able to stay at home all day and sleep, when you have to head off to work and only dream of being able to take a long nap? We know the feeling but why is it dogs sleep so much and surely they don’t need that much more sleep than we do. Sleeping patterns can vary depending on a number of different factors such as age, size and breed of dog.
Puppies are a lot like children, they will get bursts of energy and stay going until they crash and fall asleep. On the other end of the scale as dogs start to get much older they tend to start slowing down and sleeping more often too.
Another big reason for dogs excessively sleeping is if they are feeling stressed due to changes in their environment, they use sleep as a coping mechanism to get away from the situation. Wouldn’t life be great if we could all adopt to this motto in life?
Active and working dogs will naturally sleep less, as they are stimulated by mental challenges and physical activities. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep your pet stimulated with toys, interaction and walking to stop boredom and reduce the amount of time spent sleeping. While you are out of the house it is a good idea to hide treats around the house for them to sniff out to encourage them to stay active during the day.
Dogs sleep similar to humans, the difference is they are more likely to be interrupted from sleep as they are always on alert and are light sleepers. It is OK to leave sleeping dogs lie but if you think they are sleeping too much it is good to start encouraging more activity into their day. If you have concerns over changes in how much your dog sleeps it is a good idea to get a checkup with your vet just to rule out any hidden health conditions.
With all of that sleep we wonder what do they be dreaming about!
How much does your dog sleep?